By Joanne Phillips and Bryan Revello
Mark Herzlich is a professional athlete with a unique story. After playing college football at Boston College and being named ACC Defensive Player of the Year in 2008, he was projected as a top draft pick in the upcoming 2009 NFL Draft.
He instead opted to return to Boston College for his senior season but those plans were derailed when he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer which he overcame and earned numerous awards for his courage and outreach including the Disney Spirit Award, Nils V. “Swede” Nelson Award, an honorary Lott Trophy, and the ACC Commissioner’s Cup.
Herzlich returned to the college football field cancer-free in 2010 and went on to sign as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants on June 26, 2011. He has proudly contributed to the team over the past seven seasons as a Linebacker, Special Teams ace and now the additional role moving forward as a Tight End also.
His experience as a cancer survivor motivated Herzlich to spread awareness by writing a book in 2014 entitled What it Takes; Fighting for My Life and My Love of the Game.
He also works with the Children’s Cancer Research Fund and is currently serving as the National Ambassador for the third annual Great Cycle Challenge USA to assist in raising millions of dollars for cancer research.
New York Sportscene was able to catch up with Herzlich on his recent NYC media tour and was granted an exclusive interview which you can watch below. Topics covered include his battle to overcome cancer, his role as Ambassador at the Great Cycle Challenge and his new role for the New York Giants as both a Linebacker and Tight End.
Please enjoy this exclusive video interview with Herzlich conducted by New York Sportscene’s Joanne Phillips.
Special thanks to Joanne Phillips, Beatrice Kimmel, Drotman Communications and the Edison Hotel, NYC.
ABOUT Great Cycle Challenge USA: Great Cycle Challenge USA encourages riders across the United States to challenge themselves and set their own personal riding goal throughout June to fight kids’ cancer. It doesn’t matter if the challenge is to ride 15 miles or 1,500 miles throughout the month, the event is all about setting personal goals, getting fit and raising funds to end childhood cancer. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/GreatCycleChallengeUSA
ABOUT Children’s Cancer Research Fund: Children’s Cancer Research Fund (CCRF) invests in groundbreaking research that is leading to better treatments and cures for children with cancer. CCRF also funds vital family support services and advocates for childhood cancer education and awareness. Since 1981, CCRF donors have helped fund research that has revolutionized the way childhood cancer is treated worldwide.